10 tips for a grand entrance

March 22, 2016


The front entrance of the home is the focal point.  Make sure your buyers have a great first impression of the showing.  

  1. You can’t sell it if you can’t see it:  Make sure the house numbers are visible from the street.  We staged a property in Reading and the house number was above the front door; however, the house was 50 feet from the street and had no mailbox to post the numbers on.   Remedy:  Post the numbers on a small sign at the driveway entrance.


2.  Paint the front door an acceptable shade of red which works with the color palette of the outside of the home.  Red doors catch the buyer’s eye much better than beige, white or black doors.


3.  The path to the front door should be curved and in good condition. 


4.  The main entrance should be inviting.  Even in winter it is important that the steps and threshold are clean. 


5.  A brass kick plate on the door sets the stage for a great first impression.


6.  The front entrance should be well lit.  Make sure the outside lights are clean and shiny.  Replace the light bulbs with maximum wattage.


7.  If there is a double front door, only use one side of the door.


8.  Make sure the door bell is attractive and in working condition.


9.  A new black mat at the door.  Avoid straw mats because they shed.


10.  Replace the handle set hardware.


The front door really is the door of opportunity for selling your home!





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